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Space Launch Delta 30

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Space Launch Delta 30
Emblem of Space Launch Delta 30
Founded19 November 1991; 32 years, 6 months
15 May 1964 (as Air Force Western Test Range)
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeSpace wing
RoleSpace launch
Part ofSpace Systems Command
HeadquartersVandenberg Space Force Base, California, U.S.

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Organization Excellence Award[1]
CommanderCol Mark A. Shoemaker
Vice Commander for OperationsCol Kris Barcomb[2]
Vice Commander for SupportCol Michael Hunsberger[3]
Senior Enlisted LeaderCMSgt Heath L. Jennings[4]

Space Launch Delta 30 (SLD 30) is a United States Space Force space launch delta[clarification needed] assigned to Space Systems Command and headquartered at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. The Space Launch Delta 30 is responsible for all space launch operations from the west coast, which includes all polar launches. It manages the Western Range and launch activities for the Space Force, Department of Defense, NASA, and other private space corporations. The Space Launch Delta 30 also supports test and evaluation launches of the U.S. Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile force.

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The Space Launch Delta 30 is one of two space launch wings for the U.S. Space Force, being responsible for executing military, intelligence, civil, and commercial space launches using the Western Range. Primary launch vehicles include the Atlas V, Delta IV, Pegasus, Minotaur, and Falcon rockets. It also supports Air Force Global Strike Command ballistic missile tests and evaluation and Missile Defense Agency test and operations.[5]

The Space Launch Delta 30 serves as the host wing for Vandenberg Space Force Base, providing base support for the Space Force's Space Operations Command and its Space Delta 5, and the Space Delta 6's 21st Space Operations Squadron. The Space Launch Delta 30 also provides support to non-Space Force units, such as the Air Force's 532d Training Squadron and 576th Flight Test Squadron, Space Command's Combined Force Space Component Command and Combined Space Operations Center, and elements of the Missile Defense Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and NASA.[6]


30th Operations Group (30 OG)[7]

30th Mission Support Group (30 MSG)

  • 30th Civil Engineer Squadron (30 CES)
  • 30th Contracting Squadron (30 CONS)
  • 30th Force Support Squadron (30 FSS)
  • 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron (30 LRS)
  • 30th Security Forces Squadron (30 SFS)

30th Medical Group (30 MDG)

  • 30th Healthcare Operations Squadron (30 HCOS)
  • 30th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron (30 OMRS)

30th Comptroller Squadron (30 CPTS)


30th Space Wing shield

The 30th Space Wing shield was approved for use on 13 March 1995. The blue and yellow in the shield are the Air Force's colors, which the wing was a part of when the shield was created. The blue alludes to the sky, while the Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of its personnel. The two launch vehicles emanating from behind the globe represent the 30th Space Wing's intercontinental ballistic missile test and space launch missions. The remaining red, white, and blue elements represent the national colors of the United States.[8]


Air Force Western Test Range (1964–1970)

Air Force Western Test Range shield

The Air Force Western Test Range (AFWTR) was established on 15 May 1964. Initially organized as part of Air Force Systems Command's National Range Division, the Air Force Western Test Range managed all space and missile launches from the West Coast of the United States, which primarily were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The AFWTR established a network of instrumentation sites along the California coast and in the Pacific islands to monitor ballistic missile and space launches in its region, although actual launches were conducted by the Space Systems Division's 6595th Aerospace Test Wing.[8][9]

On 1 April 1970 the Air Force Western Test Range was inactivated, as the responsibility for managing the range was passed to the Space and Missile Systems Organization's Space and Missile Test Center.[9]

Western Space and Missile Center (1979–1991)

In 1979 the Space and Missile Test Center was reorganized, becoming the Space and Missile Test Organization and the Air Force Western Test Range was reestablished on 1 October 1970 as the Western Space and Missile Center (WSMC), replacing the 6595th Aerospace Test Wing. Organized under the new center were the 6595th Aerospace Test Group, 6595th Test and Evaluation Group, and the 6595th Shuttle Test Group.[9][1]

Initially designated as the 6595th Satellite Test Group, the 6595th Aerospace Test Group managed space launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 6595th Test and Evaluation Group was initially designated as the 6595th Missile Test Group, performing missile tests for the LGM-118 Peacekeeper and LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles. Initially planned to serve as an alternate launch and landing location for the Space Shuttle, the 6595th Shuttle Group was intended to prepare facilities for its operations, before shuttle operations from Vandenberg AFB were canceled in 1987.[8][1]

On 1 October 1979 the Space and Missile Test Organization was inactivated and the Western Space and Missile Center was directly subordinated to the Space Systems Division. A year later Air Force Systems Command began to transition the space launch mission to Air Force Space Command. On 1 October 1990 the Western Space and Missile Systems Center transferred to Air Force Space Command's 9th Space Division. Vandenberg Air Force Base had been a Strategic Air Command installation until 15 January 1991, when it became an Air Force Space Command base, with the Western Space and Missile Systems Center as the host organization. After the 9th Space Division was inactivated on 1 October 1991, the Western Space and Missile Systems Center directly reported to Air Force Space Command.[9][1][8]

30th Space Wing (1991–2021)

On 19 November 1991, as part of a larger Air Force heritage initiative, the Western Space and Missile Center was redesignated as the 30th Space Wing (30 SW), with the 30th Operations Group assuming the lineage of the World War II-era 30th Bombardment Group (Heavy). The Western Test Range was also renamed as the Western Range, to emphasize its operational nature. On 1 July 1993 the 30th Space Wing was assigned to the newly-reactivated Fourteenth Air Force.[8]

On 1 December 2003 the 30th Launch Group was activated to manage launch operations. On 20 July 2018 the 30th Launch Group was reemerged with the 30th Operations Group in an effort to streamline Air Force Space Command organizations.[1][10]

On 20 December 2019 the 30th Space Wing, along with the rest of Air Force Space Command became part of the United States Space Force. The Fourteenth Air Force was redesignated as Space Operations Command, which the 30th Space Wing remained assigned to.[11]

Space Launch Delta 30 (2021–present)

Upon the activation of Space Systems Command, the 30th Space Wing was transferred over from Space Operations Command and was renamed as Space Launch Delta 30.[12][13]

List of commanders

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
30th Space Wing
1Coglitore, Sebastian F.Brigadier General
Sebastian F. Coglitore
10 September 199113 August 19931 year, 337 days
2Lord, Lance W.Brigadier General
Lance W. Lord
13 August 19937 August 19953 years, 331 days
3Blaisdell, Franklin J.Colonel
Franklin J. Blaisdell
7 August 19955 June 1996303 days
4Kehler, C. RobertColonel
C. Robert Kehler
5 June 199615 June 19982 years, 10 days
5Mercer, Roosevelt Jr.Colonel
Roosevelt Mercer Jr.
15 June 199811 June 1999361 days
6Lanning, Stephen L.Colonel
Stephen L. Lanning
11 June 199930 May 20011 year, 353 days
7Worley, Robert M. IIColonel
Robert M. Worley II
30 May 200116 June 20032 years, 17 days
8Gallegos, FrankColonel
Frank Gallegos
16 June 200330 June 20052 years, 14 days
9Weinstein, JackColonel
Jack Weinstein
30 June 20055 March 20071 year, 248 days
10Tanous, Stephen M.Colonel
Stephen M. Tanous
5 March 200727 June 20081 year, 114 days
11Buck, David J.Colonel
David J. Buck
27 June 200826 April 20101 year, 303 days
12Boltz, Richard W.Colonel
Richard W. Boltz
26 April 201023 January 20121 year, 272 days
13Armagno, Nina M.Colonel
Nina M. Armagno
23 January 201228 May 20131 year, 125 days
14Balts, KeithColonel
Keith Balts
28 May 20139 July 20154 years, 42 days
15Moss, J. ChristopherColonel
J. Christopher Moss
9 July 20159 June 20171 year, 335 days
16Hough, Michael S.Colonel
Michael S. Hough
9 June 201712 July 20192 years, 33 days
17Mastalir, Anthony J.Colonel
Anthony J. Mastalir
12 July 201914 May 20211 year, 306 days
Space Launch Delta 30
17Mastalir, Anthony J.Colonel
Anthony J. Mastalir[14]
14 May 202111 June 202128 days
18Long, Robert A.Colonel
Robert A. Long[15]
11 June 202113 July 20232 years, 32 days
19Long, Robert A.Colonel
Mark A. Shoemaker[16]
13 July 2023Incumbent312 days


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

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